“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.”
“Be the change that you want to see in the world.”
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.”
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
“Without action, you aren’t going anywhere.”
“An ounce of patience is worth more than a tonne of preaching.”
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
“Take care of this moment.”
Mahatma Gandhi facts
- Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Karamchand was the name of his father. The honorific title Mahatma, or “Great Soul,” was given to him in 1914.
- Gandhi ate fruit, nuts, and seeds for five years but switched back to strict vegetarianism after suffering health problems. He maintained that each person should find their own diet that works best. Gandhi spent decades experimenting with food, logging the results, and tweaking his eating choices. He wrote a book named The Moral Basis of Vegetarianism.
- Gandhi took an early vow to avoid milk products (including ghee), however, after his health began to decline, he relented and started drinking goat’s milk. He sometimes traveled with his goat to ensure that the milk was fresh and that he wasn’t given cow or buffalo milk.
- Government nutritionists were called in to explain how Gandhi could go 21 days without food.
- Gandhi was actually a philosophical anarchist and wanted no established government in India. He felt that if everyone adopted nonviolence and a good moral code they could be self-governing.
- One of Mahatma Gandhi’s most outspoken political critics was Winston Churchill.
- Through a prearranged marriage, Gandhi was wed at age 13; his wife, Kasturbai Makhanji Kapadia, was one year older. They were married 62 years.
- Gandhi and his wife had their first child when he was 16 years old. That child died a few days later, but the couple did have four sons before he took a vow of celibacy.
- Gandhi’s wife died in 1944 while imprisoned in the Aga Khan Palace. Her day of death (February 22) is celebrated as Mother’s Day in India. Gandhi was also in prison at the time of her death. Gandhi was released from prison only because he contracted malaria, and British officials feared an uprising if he, too, died while in prison.
- Gandhi lived for 21 years in South Africa. He was imprisoned there many times as well.